Design for Hallfield Primary School

Design for Hallfield Primary School

When we read this drawing for the ground floor plan of Hallfield School in conjunction with the conceptual plan (PB886/3 (28) ), it seems clear that the plan derived from the precise geometries laid down by the plant which Lasdun was imitating. The author of the monograph on Denys Lasdun, William Curtis describes his experience of the building:

"The result is a coherent sculptural image, but one that is grasped piece by piece, incident by incident, as one moves from the public space of the estate to the increasingly closed world of the school. The scale has been cut down to that of a child's world: enclosed, dappled by light and shade, surrounded by plants, capable of receiving fantasy."